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Marble Falls graduates Alec Oberle (left) and Bryce Murphy and Burnet graduates Tyler Torres and Seth Carpenter will play on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes blue team in an all-star football game June 15. Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate Cabot Booth will play on the gold team.

FCA all-star football game on June 15 features Highland Lakes players and coaches

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — While the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all-star football game is the main event, the days leading up to the contest have been filled with highlights for the players and their coaches. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls welcomes Jeremy Wentrcek as its new football coach and director of athletics. Courtesy photo

Jeremy Wentrcek finally says ‘yes’ to Faith Academy football, director of athletics jobs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls officials twice tried to hire Jeremy Wentrcek as its football coach and director of athletics. The third was the charm as Wentrcek said “yes” to both positions June 7. (more…)

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Thanks to a generous donor, Marble Falls High School 7-on-7 football players now have some protection against concussions with their new Gamebreaker headgear. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Donation to Marble Falls 7-on-7 football team gives players protection against concussions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Despite 7-on-7 being touch football, injuries do happen, including concussions. Marble Falls High School players now have some protection against dangerous head injuries thanks to a generous fan. (more…)

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Burnet 7-on-7 football team returning to state tournament after strong qualifier

Burnet 7-on-7 football team returning to state tournament after strong qualifier

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — After a one-year hiatus, the Burnet High School 7-on-7 football team is back at the Division II state tournament thanks to a strong showing during the Fredericksburg State Qualifying Tournament. (more…)

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Faith Academy athletic director Randy Denton ‘shocked’ after school lets him go

Faith Academy athletic director Randy Denton ‘shocked’ after school lets him go

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls contacted athletic director Randy Denton on May 22 to inform him the school was going in a different direction. (more…)

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Faith Academy begins work on $5.2M athletic facility; phase 1 includes football field

Faith Academy begins work on $5.2M athletic facility; phase 1 includes football field

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As people waited in the lobby of the Faith Academy of Marble Falls student life center, alumna and assistant track-and-field coach Mary Ann Nunnally turned to a visitor and enthusiastically asked, “Isn’t this exciting?” (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls head football coach Pete Rhodes resigned May 15 to take a coaching job at Blanco High School. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy football coach Pete Rhodes leaving for Blanco

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Pete Rhodes resigned as the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football head coach May 15 to take a position on the football staff at Blanco High School. Rhodes will coach tight ends and outside linebackers for the Panthers football team and be the head coach of the powerlifting […]

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Burnet CISD hires three new coaches for next season

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Three coaches are joining the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District staff in 2018-19. They are Shelly Jones as volleyball head coach, Mike Walzel as Burnet High School girls golf head coach and Burnet Middle School golf coach, and Craig Griffin as Burnet Middle School boys athletics coordinator. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chad Bishop tells rising senior linebacker Reece Vanhoosen and other players their assignments during a recent spring practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Competition level is high during Marble Falls spring football practices

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team is about to complete its second week of spring football, and head coach Mike Birdwell said he is happy with how the players are competing. The retention of the returners is what has pleased the coaching staff the most because players […]

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Marble Falls High School rising senior running back Dillon Mayberry is one of many returners who will begin spring football drills at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. Mayberry had 103 carries for 506 yards and two touchdowns last season. File photo

Marble Falls football’s spring season starts April 26; game is May 21

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The 2018 football season starts at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 26, for the Marble Falls High School Mustangs. Marble Falls will have the first of 15 practices plus the spring game, which is slated for a 3:20 p.m. start Monday, May 21, at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. […]

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Former Burnet High School athlete and ex-NFL receiver Jordan Shipley enjoys a laugh during the April 9 gathering of the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. Shipley, who was the guest speaker, shared his football memories stretching back to his high school years and culminating with his professional career. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Former Burnet standout Jordan Shipley’s goal is to not be known for football

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Jordan Shipley attributes his success in football to two unlikeliest objects: couch cushions. He recounted this story as a guest speaker during the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club gathering April 9. (more…)

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Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In Texas, anytime is a great time to play football, no matter its version, and that includes 7-on-7. (more…)

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Area football coaches going to school for new tackling technique requirements

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The goal of making football a safer sport prompted the University Interscholastic League and the Texas High School Coaches Association to examine if there’s a better way of tackling. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth (seated, middle) signs his national letter of intent to play for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as his parents, Jim and Angela Booth (seated), Faith Academy athletics director Randy Denton (standing, left), head football coach Pete Rhoades, former Flames head coaches Stephen Shipley and Russ Roberts, and sister, Seri, look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy’s Cab Booth to play football at Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth on Feb. 23 signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior defensive lineman Seth Carpenter (left) signs his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 16 to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as parents Amanda and Brian Carpenter look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Seth Carpenter to play football for Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — In signing his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 16, Burnet High School senior defensive lineman Seth Carpenter kept intact the family tradition of playing college sports. (more…)

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The Burnet-Marble Falls football series will continue in 2018 and 2019. The two teams agreed to play each other in week two of the season. Burnet has won the past three consecutive meetings and leads the overall series 52-41-10. The two teams will see some changes in their districts starting next season after the UIL announced realignment Feb. 1. File photo

UIL has changes (and surprises) for Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano sports districts

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League revealed several surprises during its realignment announcements Feb. 1 for new districts beginning with the 2018-19 school year that affect Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano high schools.  (more…)

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Wood-carving master Bill Edwards (left) presents former college football coach Dennis Franchione with a 'Hand-Held Cross.' Edwards created the piece and gives one to each speaker of the Men of Faith gathering. Franchione was the guest speaker during the Jan. 9 gathering. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Coach Franchione speaks to Men of Faith about gaining strength after off-field losses

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Being a college football coach, especially with programs such as the University of Alabama and Texas A&M University, can test a man’s faith. But for retired college coach and Horseshoe Bay resident Dennis Franchione, his biggest tests really had nothing to do with the gridiron. (more…)

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Ex-Mustang David Morgan ready for first NFL playoff game as Viking

Ex-Mustang David Morgan ready for first NFL playoff game as Viking

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MINNEAPOLIS — While most Texans were bundled up and staying indoors because of freezing temperatures last week, Marble Falls High School graduate David Morgan saw an opportunity to embrace the cold and a tradition of his new hometown of Minneapolis. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior receiver Sterling Galban (middle) throws up his guns after signing a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 20 to play for Texas Tech University. Parents Kim (to his left) and Dee (to his right) celebrate with him. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Sterling Galban signs with Texas Tech; has chance to start

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When Burnet High School senior receiver Sterling Galban committed to Texas Tech University to play football, he summed up the reason in four words. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover (left) is taking over the role as the Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director while Mike Birdwell will remain the high school head football coach. Birdwell has served as the interim head football coach and athletic director since June. Hoover will remain the boys soccer coach. Courtesy photo

Hoover, Birdwell know Marble Falls sports success starts early

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — With their new roles in Marble Falls Independent School District athletics laid out before them,  athletic director Rick Hoover and high school head football coach Mike Birdwell are ready to get down to business. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover (left) is taking over the role as the Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director while Mike Birdwell will remain the high school head football coach. Birdwell has served as the interim head football coach and athletic director since June. Hoover will remain the boys soccer coach. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls boys soccer coach Rick Hoover named athletic director

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In a state where American football rules, Marble Falls Independent School District has kicked the athletic director position over to the other football. MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen named Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover to the spot. Mike Birdwell, who has been serving as […]

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Marble Falls High School will continue playing football in Class 5A Division I next season but won't know in what district until the UIL announces them Feb. 6. Photo by Martelle Luedecke

Highland Lakes schools remain in same UIL classes; districts announced in February 2018

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — There were no big surprises for local high schools Dec. 6 when the University Interscholastic League released the classification cutoff numbers. Those numbers will be used in the upcoming realignment. On Feb. 6, the UIL will announce the district in which public high schools will compete for the […]

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Llano football legend, former NFL player Ken Gray dies at 81

Llano football legend, former NFL player Ken Gray dies at 81

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — The man who set the standard for Llano High School offensive linemen died Nov. 25. Kenneth Don Gray, a 1954 graduate of the high school, went on to play professionally for the Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Oilers from 1958-1970. He was inducted into the Texas […]

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Crystal City knocks off Llano on receiver’s two late TD catches

Crystal City knocks off Llano on receiver’s two late TD catches

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SAN ANTONIO — In less than three minutes, the Llano High School football team’s apparent playoff victory turned into defeat Nov. 17. (more…)

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Burnet’s Michael Rodriguez goes nose to nose with Waco La Vega’s Alex Gomez during the game Nov. 10. The Pirates capped off a perfect regular season with the 63-3 win over the Bulldogs. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Waco La Vega captures district title with 63-3 win over Burnet

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The visiting Waco La Vega Pirates showed why they are one of the top-ranked 4A teams in the state and, now, the District 13-4A Division I champions as they routed the Burnet Bulldogs 63-3 on Nov. 10. (more…)

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Marble Falls's Dillon Mayberry dives for extra yards during the Mustangs' 35-14 loss to Dripping Springs on Nov. 10. Photo by Luedecke Photography

Mustangs fall to district champ Dripping Springs 35-14

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team ended the 2017 season with a 35-14 district loss to Dripping Springs on Nov. 10. (more…)

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